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Arizona inmate’s release held up by molestation allegation

Jan. 21, 2020 11:48 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona inmate whose life sentence for a murder conviction was commuted nearly two months ago by Gov. Doug Ducey remains incarcerated as authorities examine an allegation that he molested a girl during a 1989 prison visit. The Arizona Capitol Times reports the molestation allegation...

Bill would require Arizona tribes to resolve water disputes

Jan. 20, 2020 12:11 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Republican legislative leaders have introduced legislation to require Native American tribes in Arizona to resolve longstanding water disputes with the state before negotiating new gambling pacts. Cosponsors of the legislation, House Bill 244 7, include House Speaker Rusty Bowers, R-Mesa,...

Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, front, raises his arm as he makes a pledge as he speaks during his State of the State address about Arizona's economy, new jobs, prison reform, and education as Senate president Karen Fann, R-Prescott, back right, and House Speaker Rusty Bowers, R-Mesa, back left, listen in on the opening day of the legislative session at the Capitol, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Poorest, best schools a focus in proposed Arizona budget

Jan. 17, 2020 6:31 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Doug Ducey proposed a $12.3 billion spending plan Friday that would send more money to Arizona's best-performing and poorest schools while boosting the budget for repairing schools and building new ones. Ducey's budget would raise state spending by about 6% over the budget enacted last...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019 file photo Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., speaks during a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington, on Capitol Hill. McSally has not been convinced that President Donald Trump should be removed from office, her campaign manager said Monday, Dec. 16, in the most direct explanation of her position on a question she's dodged for months. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

US Sen. McSally of Arizona calls CNN reporter 'liberal hack'

Jan. 16, 2020 8:12 PM EST

Republican U.S. Sen. Martha McSally of Arizona lashed out Thursday at a CNN reporter who asked her about the impeachment of President Donald Trump, calling him a “liberal hack.” McSally refused to answer when CNN reporter Manu Raju asked whether the Senate should consider new evidence as part of its...

Republican state Sen. Sylvia Allen speaks to opponents of Arizona's current sex education laws at the state Capitol in Phoenix, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Allen conceded that her proposal to ban instruction before 7th grade and tighten parental notification requirements was going nowhere but vowed to keep trying. (AP Photo/Bob Christie)

Arizona bill banning sex ed before 7th grade going nowhere

Jan. 14, 2020 7:39 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A conservative Arizona Republican senator who was pushing a contentious proposal that would bar any sexual education instruction for students before the 7th grade and create new requirements for the subject conceded Tuesday that her proposal stood no chance of advancing. Sen. Sylvia Allen...

Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey smiles as he pauses during his State of the State address as he talks about Arizona's economy, new jobs, and the state revenue as Senate president Karen Fann, R-Prescott, right, and House Speaker Rusty Bowers, R-Mesa, left, listen in on the opening day of the legislative session at the Capitol Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Arizona governor to close prison, calls for veteran tax cut

Jan. 13, 2020 6:27 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday said he is renaming the state Department of Corrections to highlight a new focus on rehabilitation and closing the oldest state prison in a move that will save nearly $275 million over three years. The Republican governor highlighted the moves in his State...

Arizona groups seek tax hike on wealthy for education

Jan. 13, 2020 6:03 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's largest teachers union and other groups said Monday they will ask voters to raise taxes on the wealthy to pay for educator raises, a fresh attempt to boost school funding after the state Supreme Court blocked a 2018 ballot initiative. The proposed ballot measure is the latest...

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2019, file photo, Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey speaks during his state of the state address as he talks about Arizona's economy, new jobs, and the state revenue as Senate president Karen Fann, R-Prescott, left, and House Speaker Rusty Bowers, R-Mesa, right, listen in Phoenix. Ducey appears supremely confident in the direction he's set for the state as he heads into his sixth year in office and prepares to present his annual State of the State address Monday, Jan. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Ducey confident in his vision as legislative session looms

Jan. 11, 2020 5:33 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey appears supremely confident in the direction he's set for the state as he heads into his sixth year in office and prepares to present his annual State of the State address Monday. The Republican governor is quick to push back on any question that he's fallen short of...

Ducey picks prosecutor for Maricopa County judicial opening

Jan. 10, 2020 11:03 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A federal prosecutor will become the newest Maricopa County Superior Court judge. Gov. Doug Ducey's office on Friday announced his appointment of Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Brooks to fill a vacancy created by Ducey's appointment of Judge David Gass to the Arizona Court of Appeals. ...

Republican Arizona Senate President Karen Fann, with microphone, answers a question while, from second left, Senate Minority Leader David Bradley, House Speaker Rusty Bowers, and House Minority Leader Charlene Fernandez listen as the four top legislative leaders appeared at the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry's annual legislative forecast luncheon Friday, Jan. 10, 2020 in Phoenix. Ducey told a crowd of about 1,500 business leaders that the state's economy continues to hum and he'll continue his vision of investing in government while lowering taxes. (AP Photo/Bob Christie)

Governor: Time to pour gas on Arizona's economic momentum

Jan. 10, 2020 6:09 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey touted the state's economic comeback Friday and promised more is on the way as he addressed business leaders in advance of the upcoming legislative session. The Republican governor told about 1,500 people at the annual Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry's...